The HSK exam, developed by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), is a Chinese language test for non-native speakers assessing the candidates’ abilities to communicate in Chinese during work, at school, and in daily life. With over 5 million test takers and over 900 testing centers in 108 countries, the HSK exam has become one of the most popular language assessments in the world. The CI-UIUC has been working closely with the faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Statistics at the UIUC on conducting cutting-edge research on the HSK exam. Such research includes, but not limited to, examining the psychometric properties of the HSK paper-and-pencil test, writing programs for automated test assembly, developing the computerized and web-based HSK, and obtaining cognitive diagnosis information from the exam to facilitate Chinese language learning.

In May 2014, the CI-UIUC successfully delivered the computer programs for automated assembly of test forms for the HSK at all 6 levels. Currently, our researchers are conducting exploratory analyses for the HSK Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) system. More information about our research on HSK test development can be found under the Research section.

CI-UIUC has formally become one of the two HSK testing centers in the State of Illinois in 2016.